June 17, 2009
Four New Roles for Publishers
Nice post over at O’Reilly TOC. I like Andy Oram’s forthrightness here:
The bedrock principle in [the new media] environment is that the publisher is no longer a gatekeeper. Anything can go online to be linked to, rated, berated, or anything else people want to do with it. Since we are no longer gatekeepers, publishers have to focus on how we add quality.
Sounds nice—but that puts us in a real quandary, because the elements of quality we have seized on so proudly over the decades no longer matter as much. We have to recognize the new environment we’re in and find new meaning for ourselves.
My favorite of his four new proposed roles is the last one, “integrating facets of a large-scale text,” which is, besides being a useful service, also just a nice-sounding phrase.